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Water cleanup fee hearing to resume March 12

Protesters have electronic option to lodge their complaints

Posted: January 29, 2013 5:38 p.m.
Updated: January 29, 2013 5:38 p.m.

Los Angeles County property owners have until March 12 to challenge a proposed storm-water cleanup fee, and thanks to a move by supervisors Tuesday, they are able to do so via email.

Supervisors met with a tidal wave of protest Jan. 15 when they opened a public hearing on the planned Clean Water, Clean Beaches measure, which would assess a fee per parcel to reduce pollution entering the county’s storm drains and heading for the beaches.

Santa Clarita city officials questioned why a fee should be assessed in the city, which already assesses such a fee.

Some property owners complained their notifications of costs were considerably higher than the average of $82 the county said they would be.

But another common complaint was not being allowed to protest the fee through electronic means, instead having to return physical protest forms that were mailed out by the county.

The latter issue was addressed Tuesday with the email address set up for those who want to respond. Landowners now have the option to scan physical protest forms and send electronic copies to the county.

While Santa Clarita Valley landowners seemed largely opposed to the fee, residents in other cities — especially beach cities — largely favored it.

If the proposed fee does not receive sufficient protests from landowners, the issue would go to a vote.
After hours of public testimony before the Board of Supervisors Jan. 15, supervisors decided to continue the hearing to a later date.

The hearing has been scheduled to resume March 12. Property owners have until then to submit their protest forms.
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